‘How To’ Coaching series – Activity 52

Chapter 3 – Control Your Time – Use your time wisely

This is part of the ‘How to’ coaching series.  An ongoing series of activities to make your business successful.  Follow it step by step and see positive results as you develop a robust business model, set on a solid foundation.

Activity 52 – I have a Default Diary that delivers maximum productivity

We all know how busy things can get when you’re running your business. There are so many potential distractions.

It’s easy to loose focus on the key aspects of your business that drive income.

With this in mind, Would it be better to have a mechanism for keeping your eyes on the prize? Would you like a simple reminder system for all the activities that will move your business forward?

How would it be if it was really simple?

One useful tool is to use a default diary approach. This will highlight what needs to be done, and when. The idea is to help you minimise unplanned activity; as long as you are disciplined in using it.

The HowTo bit:

To help you be more productive, create a diary system showing all the usual activities you do during the week. These might be your admin time, your marketing time, sales time, client/customer facing time, team meeting time…. the list is for you to develop that suits you and your way of working.

Some people put them on a spreadsheet. With days across the top and hours in the columns. Then block out sections for the key activities. Making the boxes different colours helps you see the income generating times.

I’ve created my own default diary sheet.  I’ve then built the time blocks into my electronic diary, shared across my phone, PC and other devices that hold my diary.

That way, I know what I should be working on. Hence the term ‘default’.  You can change the time blocks to suit a real day, yet not loose sight of the tasks that still need doing.

Each day/week, have a look at the time spent on the key activities. Did they match your default position? You can always review and amend your diary.

If you would like to learn more about creating and implementing a default diary system into your business life, Contact Us

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